'Doomsday Cult' mother was given a life sentence for murdering her children

 August 2, 2023

Monday, Lori Vallow Daybell, the Idaho mother convicted of murdering her children and plotting the murder of her fifth husband's first wife, was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole.

Vallow Daybell, age 50, was sentenced to life in prison for the homicides of both of her children, Tylee Ryan, age 16, and J.J., age 7, according to a report by The Daily Wire.

She was also sentenced to life in prison for conspiracy to commit homicide in the death of Chad Daybell's ex-wife, Tammy Daybell.

CNN reported that the judge added two additional life sentences and a 10-year sentence for grand larceny, all to be served concurrently. Each of these three sentences will be served consecutively.

The Judge's Take

“Murder is the most serious offense, and the most unimaginable type of murder is to have a mother murdering her own children, and that’s exactly what you did,” Judge Steven W. Boyce said when handing down Vallow Daybell’s sentence.

“You were involved in and guilty of conspiring to murder … Tammy Daybell, who had children of her own. And despite the jury convicting you with overwhelming evidence, you still sit here before the court today and said you didn’t do it.”

The judge observed Vallow Daybell's lack of remorse for the homicides.

During her sentencing, Vallow Daybell denied murdering her children and cited religious texts.

“Jesus Christ knows that no one was murdered in this case,” she said, according to CNN. “Accidental deaths happen, suicides happen, fatal side effects from medications happen.”

In May, after less than a day of deliberation, a jury found Vallow Daybell guilty of murdering her children. Chad Daybell is scheduled to stand trial later this year. He is facing identical allegations.

The Family's Statement

Colby Ryan, Vallow Daybell's eldest son from a previous marriage, stated in a victim impact statement, "Tylee and JJ brought so much light into this world."

“Tylee will never have an opportunity to become a mother, wife, or have the career she was destined to have. She’ll never be able to have the life she deserved,” he wrote in the statement, which was read by prosecutors on Monday.

“JJ will never be able to grow and spread his light with this world the way he did. He will never have a chance to grow up.”

“I want them to be remembered for who they were,” Ryan added, “and not to be just a spectacle or a headline to the world.”


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